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Sabina Nessa’s killer, Koci Selamaj, sentenced to life imprisonment

A ‘diabolical’ sexual predator has been jailed for at least 36 years for the murder of schoolteacher Sabina Nessa.

Koci Selamaj, 36, traveled to London from the south coast to carry out the premeditated attack on a random woman on September 17 last year.

Undated file photo released by Metropolitan Police of ‘predatory’ garage worker Koci Selama who has been jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 36 years at the Old Bailey in central London for the murder of the primary school teacher Sabina Nessa

The mechanic targeted Ms Nessa, 28, as she walked through Cator Park in Kidbrooke, south-east London, to meet a friend at 8.34pm.

CCTV footage captured the moment Selamaj ran up behind her and hit her in the head 34 times with a 2ft long metal warning triangle.

He carried his unconscious body to a grassy bank and out of sight.

He then pulled up her clothes, removed her pantyhose and underwear, and strangled her before covering her body in grass.

News Shopper: Undated handout still from CCTV issued by Koci Selamaj Metropolitan Police being charged.Undated handout still from CCTV issued by Koci Selamaj Metropolitan Police being charged.

Ms Nessa, who taught a year one class at Rushey Green Primary School in Catford, was found nearly 24 hours later near a community center in the park.

Days later Selamaj, from Eastbourne, East Sussex, was arrested in the seaside town and pleaded guilty to murder in February.

On Friday, Selamaj refused to come to the Old Bailey and was jailed for life in his absence.

The sexual predator was branded a ‘coward’ by Sabina Nessa’s family when he refused to appear in court to be convicted of her murder.

Judge Sweeney set a minimum sentence of 36 years for the ‘savage’ sexually motivated attack.

He said Ms Nessa was the ‘totally blameless victim of an utterly appalling murder which was entirely the fault of the defendant’.

Her death added to the “sense of insecurity” particularly felt by women walking through the city at night.

“She had every right, as her family said, to walk around the park in style and go out for fun after a long week of work.”

“The defendant robbed her and them of his life,” he said.

The judge noted the defendant’s guilty plea and the absence of previous convictions.

But he added: “It is a striking feature of the defendant’s case that, clearly deliberately, it is not suggested by him that he felt remorse for what he did to Sabina Nessa. ”

The judge said it was “cowardly” of the Albanian national to refuse to attend his sentencing, but said he had no power to force him.

Following the sentencing, Metropolitan Police Chief Inspector Neil John described Selamaj as an “evil coward”.

He said: “Selamaj is a dangerous and violent offender who has never shown remorse for his heinous acts.

“He committed a premeditated and brutal murder and for this he will spend the vast majority of his life in prison.

“It was a shocking and complex case that involved officers and staff from across the Met. I know he will stick with everyone who worked there for a long time.

“We heard today from Sabina’s family and the devastating impact it has had on all of their lives. They have continued to amaze us with their dignity and bravery and our thoughts are with them.

“Those who knew Sabina weren’t the only ones affected by her murder. Her death struck at the heart of the fears of many women who should be allowed to walk around our open spaces safely, no matter what time of the day. day or place.

“Throughout the Met there are tireless efforts to address violence against women and girls and bring those who commit these crimes to justice.”

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